DeMatha junior forward Jerami Grant showed Monday night why he is considered one of the Washington area’s top high school basketball prospects in the class of 2012. Grant showed some touch with his shooting range and asserted himself at both ends of the court. He finished with a career-high 17 points as the fourth-ranked Stags beat fifth-ranked Gonzaga, 51-48, to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.
At 6-foot-7 and 190 pound, Grant already holds several scholarship offers, including Maryland, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Georgia Tech, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Clemson. He is averaging 8.5 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for the Stags, but colleges coaches see tremendous potential in his game.
“He’s got plenty of options,” DeMatha Coach Mike Jones said. “Syracuse was at the Carroll game [last week]. They’ve been around for the past I don’t know how many years and have seen him grow as a player and even they were surprised by his development and his aggressiveness. They made the comment, ‘This is what we’ve been waiting to see from him.’ His body is going to fill out. Every time you see see, he gets better.”
Jones said that Grant, whose father, Harvey, played 11 seasons in the NBA, has yet to narrow his college choices. His oldest brother, Jerai, plays center at Clemson, and another older brother, Jerian, plays guard at Notre dame.
“Jerami, you can look at him and tell his best basketball is well ahead of him,” Jones said. “He’s great now, but he will be so much better in the future. It’s going to be ridiculous. Potential and promise is the key with him.”